CTMC: One of Health Care's Most Wired Hospitals
For the 15th year, Hospitals & Health Networks has named the Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems, which is based on the Health Care’s Most Wired Survey. Adventist Health System, comprised of 44 hospital campuses including CTMC, is on the list. Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted between January 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwidereto answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 659 surveys, representing 1,713 hospitals, or roughly 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.
CTMC receives Gallup Great Workplace Award
Adventist Health System, which is comprised of 43 hospitals including Central Texas Medical Center, is the recipient of the 2012 Great Gallup Workplace Award. The award is based on the most rigorous workplace research ever conducted. AHS is among the 29 winning companies because its employee engagement results demonstrate one of the most productive and engaged workforces in the world. CTMC also received the Gallup Great Workplace Award in 2011.
CTMC recognized as Primary Stroke Center
The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recognized CTMC with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. CTMC’s Primary Stroke Center Certification has demonstrated that their program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.
CTMC achieves Fit-Friendly Worksite status
CTMC was recognized as a Fit-Friendly Worksite in San Marcos. The Fit-Friendly Worksites Recognition program is an award given by the American Heart Association's My Heart. My Life. initiative. It is intended to be a catalyst for positive change in the workplace across America. It recognizses worksites for making the health and wellness of their employees a priority.
As a Fit-Friendly Worksite, CTMC joins corporate trailblazers across the nation who have adopted the spirit of the initiative and have the vision to try improving the health and wellness of employees and the worksite.
The Gold Achievement means:
- We offer all employees physical activity support at the worksite.
- We have increased the number of healthy eating options.
- We promote a wellness culture.
- We embrace at least nine criteria as outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture.
CTMC voted best hospital in Hays County
For three years in a row, Hays County residents made their choice clear where they receive the very best in health care. CTMC was named, “Best Hospital,” for 2010, 2011 and 2012 in the annual “Best of Hays” publication released by the San Marcos Daily Record. The competition asks voters to nominate the best business in Hays County for each category on blank ballot. To qualify for the honor, businesses must be located in Hays County. From Kyle to Wimberley to San Marcos, out of all votes cast, CTMC earned the most votes for the “Best Hospital” category.
CTMC Receives Texas Ten Step Facility Designation
CTMC has taken a giant step towards improving the health of newborns and infants by earning the Texas Ten Step Program facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Based on the World Health Organization (WHO)/ UNICEF’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, the program aims to assist birth facility’s support of breastfeeding mothers before, during, and after delivery; encourages them to identify breastfeeding resources for the mother after she is discharged; and assists facilities in improving on national performance measures such as the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Breastfeeding Report Card. The goal of the Texas Ten Step Program is to have 82 percent of infants exclusively breastfeeding when discharged.
Hospital Designated as Mother-Friendly Worksite
CTMC has been recognized by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a Mother-Friendly Worksite. To receive this designation, a place of business must introduce a written policy to support employed mothers by doing the following:
• Offering flexible work schedules to provide time for expression of milk
• Providing an accessible location allowing privacy
• Providing access to a nearby clean and safe water source and a sink for washing hands and rinsing out any breast-pump equipment
• Providing access to hygienic storage alternatives for the mother to store her breast milk
CTMC achieves Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement recognition
CTMC is among 225 hospitals nationwide who were recognized in 2012 for achievement in using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to patients through the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® and Mission: Lifeline® programs. CTMC qualified for the Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement recognition, meaning the hospital has demonstrated for 90 consecutive days that at least 85 percent of eligible ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) patients (without contraindications) are treated within specific time frames upon entering the hospital and discharged following the American Heart Association’s recommended treatment guidelines.
CTMC Institute for Advanced Wound Healing achieves UHMS accreditation
After meeting the most robust industry standards, CTMC's Institute for Advanced Wound Healing received accreditation from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) on Oct. 4, 2012. At the time of accreditation, there were 15 hyperbaric and wound care facilities between Austin and San Antonio, but only six were UHMS accredited.
Leapfrog Group gives CTMC 'A' on Hospital Safety Score
Out of 2,651 facilities that were scored nationwide, Central Texas Medical Center was among 720 hospitals that received an “A” for their Hospital Safety ScoreSM. The score is a new initiative created by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national non-profit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital Safety ScoreSM was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.
Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award
CTMC received the Texas health Care Quality Improvement Silver Award from the TMF Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas for improving care related to acute myocardial infarction or AMI (heart attack), heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. TMF established the awards program in partnership with the Texas Hospital Association, Texas Medical Association, Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals and Texas Osteopathic Medical Association. Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Awards honor Texas hospitals that are performing quality initiatives aimed at improving outcomes in patient care by recognizing those hospitals that have improved their performance on specific national quality measures.
Chest pain center accreditation
CTMC received an important accreditation as a certified chest pain center from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) that enhances the hospital's ability to receive and treat patients suffering from chest pain and/or a possible heart attack through a collaborative effort between the hospital, first responders and cardiac specialists. The accreditation is an important step in CTMC's ongoing efforts to expand and enhance its cardiac services.
TOSA presents Humanitarian Service Award
In 2011, CTMC was honored by the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TOSA) with the “Humanitarian Service Award”. The award is presented to a hospital that makes it possible for donor families to honor their loved ones by giving the “gift of life”. The award commemorates 35 years of community partnerships and professional services in developing a better donation community.
Institute for Advanced Wound Healing named Center of Distinction
Hays County’s only wound care center, CTMC's Institute for Advanced Wound Healing, earned the prestigious Center of Distinction award from Diversified Clinical Services, Inc. The Institute, which specializes in advanced wound therapies, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, exceeded the key performance indicators necessary for this award for twelve consecutive months in 2010.
CTMC becomes San Marcos Chamber's first ever Green Business
of the Year
CTMC was named the first ever “Green Business of the Year” by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber’s annual Gala in November 2010. In 2009, CTMC expanded its growing green efforts with the creation of a Green Team, an initiative made up entirely of CTMC associates working to bring recycling, energy conservation and other earth-friendly practices to CTMC. In 2013, CTMC enhanced its green efforts by launching its single-stream recycle program.